The Xperia XZ Premium was unveiled in the first week of June, and the Sony flagship smartphone essentially takes on the likes of Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 to name a few. In a market dominated by Samsung, Sony has slowly been slipping away and the Xperia XZ Premium is a device that manages to tick most of the right boxes. And while the device might be high on looks and performance, just how does it fare when it comes to durability? Also Read - E3 2021: What is it, entire schedule, how to watch livestream for free, what to expectAlso Read - God of War Ragnarok delayed until 2022: Here's why
A durability test conducted by YouTuber JerryRig Everything puts the smartphone through various tortures. In his video, he puts the Sony Xperia XZ Premium through scratch, burn and bend tests — in that order — and then delivers the verdict. The smartphone survives some, and fails some. He puts not just the display of the smartphone but the entire device through the scratch test, to check just how durable it is. He has mentioned in his video how he is not a fan of the Sony build quality, but does the Sony Xperia XZ Premium fail him too? ALSO READ: Sony Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact prices leaked, to start from around Rs 55,700 Also Read - Sony PlayStation 5 India Restock: Next sale in June along with Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart launch
The video opens with the unboxing and then comes the first test, the scratch test. The test is divided into 10 levels to check how sturdy the display is. The glass is pretty durable and stays strong, resisting scratches till level six. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Infinity Display too scored the same rating, and a rating of 6 is considered good, if not excellent when it comes to smartphones. The scratch test is conducted using Mohs (Mineral of hardness scale). The scratch test also reveals that the dual front speakers and the earpiece grille have a vinyl covering the top instead of standard metal. The covering is pretty solid and does not come off easily even when pulled.
Coming to the back, as it is made of the same glass front, the back too, is pretty scratch-resistant. The camera sensor is protected by glass and so is the flash, making both resistant to damage. The sides, however, present a different story. Instead of metal, Sony has used plastic for the edges, which is easily chipped off and scratched. The metal buttons too, scratch easily though they do not come off. The fingerprint scanner, on the side of the smartphone, continues to function despite the scratches and the damage. The top and the bottom frames scratch easily.
Coming next to the burn test, a flame is held to the display for a few seconds till the display blacks out. Then it is allowed to recover and within seconds, the display pixels are back and the phone keeps functioning as usual. The burn does not affect the touch on the part where the flame was applied. Sony Xperia XZ Premium also survives the bend test, staying intact no matter which way it is bended. The frames or the glass do not crack or break away and the smartphone springs back into shape and continues to work as before. Watch the video to check out these tests in detail!